Michael King set a goal to pitch 100 innings this season, regardless of how they came.
The Yankees right-hander got off to a strong start in that pursuit Sunday afternoon.
King came on in relief of Domingo German and despite a shaky start, went on to save the Yankees bullpen with six scoreless innings in a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. He retired the final 16 batters he faced, keeping the Yankees within striking distance for a strike that ultimately never came.
“To be as pitch-efficient as he was, to be able to complete that game, was huge for us,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He was really in command and gave us a chance. … He did a heck of a job.”
King’s day started auspiciously in the fourth inning as he walked the first batter he faced on four pitches. He later loaded the bases with two outs, but flipped a switch from there and did not allow a base runner the rest of the way.
“I ended up just attacking the zone,” said King, who never got into another three-ball count after the walk. “The first four pitches were a little scary. … Then I was able to lock it in and get ahead of almost everybody, throwing both the…